Polo Heritage Hotel, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

The Polo Heritage is a genteel, olde worlde hotel in the western Rajasthani desert city of Jodhpur. It consists of an old British Raj-era bungalow, a new building further down the back, a swimming pool and an inviting, expansive lawn.

Rajasthan is a polo-playing state, and Jodhpur is chief among its polo-loving regions. This hotel owes a significant part of its history to polo: the property was given to the late Kishan Singh of Bhanwari by the then Maharaja of Jodhpur in the late 1950s as a wedding present after Singh had won a major award for excellence in polo. He was a member of the Indian polo team that won a world cup at Deauville, France, in 1957. His sons are also polo players of repute.

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The hotel is spread over two acres and continues to be managed by the family of Lt Col Kishan Singh. It features 24 spacious guest rooms, along with a breezy verandah area and dining room, all featuring heritage furnishings and fittings and with a polo touch. It is centrally located, a short drive to the centre of town and just off a major road so is quiet.

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For an old property, it is surprisingly well-maintained. Unlike other independent hotels of a similar vintage which can be rough around the edges, the Hotel Polo Heritage is scrupulously clean, well-maintained and polished, although soft furnishings could do with an update. Meals are fresh and tasty, and all round it is a very pleasant place to stay for a few days in the Blue City.

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